Value Based Education
EDUCATION is a systematic and a planned process of the development of the potential of a being to its maximum, by the harmonious growth of the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual qualities inherent in him, thereby transforming him from being self centered and egoistic person into an integrated personality and a responsible global citizen.
COMMITTED TO ETHICS AND
EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
As students today are lacking a humanitarian approach hence value based education is the need of the hour. It is a teaching framework in which values are taught both explicitly in the classroom and implicitly by example. The framework consists of teaching tools and techniques. It involves the development of the school environment that expresses and practices positive universal values. Children witness and engage with those values to guide and inform their behaviour. Value Based Education provides a successful environment for teaching and learning of the full range of academic, social and interpersonal skills.
Value Based Education approach offers a new way of thinking about education and how children can be supported to develop to become successful and happy members of the global society. It encourages reflective and inspirational attributes and attitudes. They can be nurtured to help people, discover the very best of themselves which enables them to be good global citizens and prepare them for their working life.
In value based schools, students develop a secure sense of ‘SELF’. They become more empowered to take responsibility of their own learning. They develop academic diligence when they are involved with a value based school. They develop rational trust. They become articulate and able to talk freely and well through silence and quietude in a value based framework.
Students can understand much more deeply their work and their lives. Value based Education also promotes effective learning and underpins continuous improvement of the personal, social, moral and economic well being. It is an investment in individual capability and self-responsibility and its product.
IMPACT OF VALUE BASED
EDUCATION ON SCHOOLS
Values-based schools emphasise value education in their curriculum and teaching.
As a consequence, students become academically more diligent, the school acquire a more peaceful ambience, better student-teacher relationships are forged, student and teacher wellbeing improves and parents are more engaged with the school. Explicit teaching of values provides a common ethical language for talking about interpersonal behaviour. It also provides a mechanism for self-regulated behaviour.
An important outcome is a more settled school which enhances quality teaching and enables teachers to raise the bar for student performance.
Students show an increased attentiveness in class and a greater capacity to work independently, assume more responsibility for their own learning ask questions and work together more cooperatively, take greater care, put more effort in their schoolwork and take more pride in their efforts.
The school ambience witnesses a decrease in the conflict among students. There is a demonstration of greater empathy, honesty and integrity.
Students become more tolerant and cooperative in their interactions. Classrooms and playgrounds become safer and more harmonious. Greater kindness and tolerance among students is seen. Students take greater responsibility with school equipment and routine tasks. Students treat the school buildings and grounds ‘WITH RESPECT’.
Student-teacher relationships become more trusting. More democratic classrooms are established. Teachers give students more power by allowing them choices in learning activities. Teachers become more conscious of scaffolding students to manage their own behaviour or resolve conflict with others.
Teachers seek opportunities to acknowledge and reinforce appropriate behaviour. They listen to students and respond to their concerns and opinions. Students perceive that teachers treat them fairly and thus behave more respectfully, politely and courteously towards the teachers.
Students feel a greater sense of connectivity and belongingness. They gain a greater capacity for self-reflection and self-appraisal. They develop a greater capacity for regulating their own and their peers’ behaviour. Teachers receive collegial support, strong leadership, confidence and knowledge through opportunities for professional development and through staff collaboration. They re-examine their practices and role. The relationship and trust among staff and between teachers and families get fostered.
Thus, in a nut shell, when Values Education is explicit, a common language is established among students, staff and families. This not only leads to greater understanding of the targeted values but also provides a positive focus for redirecting children’s inappropriate behaviour. Teachers perceive that explicitly teaching values and developing empathy in students results in more responsible, focused and cooperative classrooms and equipped students striving for better learning and social outcomes. When values are explicitly endorsed, acknowledged and valued within a school culture, it becomes incumbent on schools to ensure that staff, as well as students are both benefactors and recipients in respectful and caring interactions. The common focus draws teachers together to create a collaborative and cohesive school community which supports teachers to do their job more effectively. This has important ramifications for students’ academic progress and wellbeing.R K Sharma
R K Sharma, an academician, started his journey in education in 1990 as a lecturer in a degree college and spent twelve years in one of the best residential schools of India (Birla Public School, Pilani, Rajasthan) as HOD, Senior House-Master, Registrar-Examinations and Academic Co-ordinator. Since 2008, R K Sharma is working as a Principal. In November 2012, he took over charge of the Satyug Darshan Vidyalaya (residential cum day boarding school) under the aegis of Satyug Darshan Trust. Satyug Darshan Vidyalaya works for the betterment of children. R K Sharma believes that Value based education is the need of the hour because the world needs good human beings with skills which is possible only by inculcating SANSKAR (Values) in the children.